Presentation on theme: "Godly Wisdom Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Prov. 3:7."— Presentation transcript:
Godly Wisdom Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Prov. 3:7
Godly Wisdom Prov. 3:7 (CEV) Don’t ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the L ORD and stay away from evil. Does our definitions of wisdom match what God wants from us? Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk. Doug Larson.
Godly Wisdom Realize the value of wisdom. – Proverbs 3:13-15 give insight to the value of wisdom. “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her”.Proverbs 3:13-15 give insight to the value of wisdom. “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her”
Godly Wisdom This Scripture places a higher value on wisdom than precious metals, one of which is the financial backing for U.S. currency. It also states that wisdom is more precious than one of the most beautiful gems in the world. Wisdom is such a commodity that its value is exalted over money. It is priceless; yet it is an absolutely free gift from God.
Godly Wisdom “If wisdom is the most important thing, “How does one get wisdom?”
Godly Wisdom Need 3 Groups Group 1: define the word “wisdom” like it would be in the dictionary Group 2: define worldly wisdom Group 3: define Godly wisdom
Godly Wisdom Group #1: Define Wisdom (dictionary) The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. Common sense; good judgment The sum of learning through the ages; knowledge Wise teachings of the ancient sages.
Godly Wisdom Group #2: Worldly/Earthly Wisdom James sums up in James 1:13 that wisdom is shown by the way we act in our lives But he also says that so-called wisdom for selfish purposes is not wisdom at all In fact worldly wisdom, it comes from hell It is “demonic”. It creates confusion and lies
Godly Wisdom Worldly/Earthly Wisdom: You can’t live in an ungodly manner and expect to have peace in your life. It just does not work that way. The lack of Godly wisdom causes all kinds of problems. The lack of Godly wisdom causes chaos and confusion.
Godly Wisdom Worldly/Earthly Wisdom Do you have confusion in your home? Do you have chaos at work? Is your life a mess? If there is not order and peace – There may be a lack Godly wisdom when dealing with your situation.
Godly Wisdom Godly Wisdom: “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17 (NKJV) Godly Wisdom creates order and peace When there is Godly wisdom – there is truth/purity, there is peace, there is order, there is mercy, there is compassion.
Godly Wisdom Truth-Pure: Authentic – A person who is “pure” will not compromise their integrity. I will not lie to you I will not cheat you I will not manipulate you. I will be honest with you.
Godly Wisdom Peace: Gentleness, Peace loving “A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NASV) Have you ever known someone who is always looking for a fight – always looking for an argument? Example, I heard of one guy who liked to argue so much that he would only eat food that disagreed with him so he could start a fight. But if you’re going to walk in Godly wisdom – you should strive to be peace loving – and gentle.
Godly Wisdom Willing to Yield: a person is open to suggestions Be willing to listen – they are open to ideas Be willing to try new things – Be willing to see what works and adjust to it. Be willing to take another person’s advice. Most of us are too oversensitive. If someone gives us a suggestion – many times we take it as criticism. Don’t criticize. Don’t get defensive. Listen – try new things and see if they work. If it doesn’t work – it’s not a failure – it was a test
Godly Wisdom Merciful: Do you jump on somebody every time that they make a mistake? Do you have a “scapegoat” in your family? A scapegoat, is someone you can blame if something goes wrong. Do you find others to blame when things fall apart? Do you remember the mistakes that people make and hold them over a person’s head – not willing to forgive and forget? You lack mercy.
Godly Wisdom Good Fruit: kind actions we show to others. Show kindness Show compassion Don’t emphasize a person’s mistakes. Give them what they need – not what they deserve.
Godly Wisdom Impartial & Not a Hypocrite: A fake/Wearing A Mask Don’t change your character (who you are) in different situations or environments. If you are wise – you will not be a fake – you will not be a phony. You are not to be an actor – pretending – as you go through life. We are to be the real deal. If we say we are a Christian – then we need to act like Christians.
Godly Wisdom We are humans saved by the grace of God. We all sin – we all fall short – we all miss the mark. But if we are going to get along with one another we need to show Godly wisdom in how we deal with one another. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NASV) We want to live in Godly wisdom – don’t you? Let us ask God together for His wisdom. We want the lifestyle that displays Godly wisdom in our lives.
Godly Wisdom Resources: Living in Godly Wisdom: Tom Shepard